Friday, September 18, 2015

Cuyamaca College fall concert series begins Sept. 22

Musical styles from the Middle East to Indonesia and from classical to jazz will be featured when the annual Fall Concert Series returns to Cuyamaca College’s Performing Arts Theatre on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

            Kembang Sunda, an Indonesian Gamelan ensemble, opens the 2015 Fall Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 22. Kembang Sunda has performed throughout Southern California, including the Cacao Festival in Balboa Park and at San Diego State University. Gamelan ensembles developed in the ancient courts of Java and Bali, and primarily consist of tuned bronze percussive instruments. Directed by Amy Hacker, a Cuyamaca College music instructor, Kembang Sunda has been performing throughout the region since 2007.

            The eight-concert series concludes with the Dec. 4 Winter Wonder Jam, which features local bands and is put on by the college’s Music Industry Studies Program.

            The series is coordinated by Taylor Smith, chair of the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Department.

            “The concert series is an effort to provide affordable opportunities for students and the surrounding community to be exposed to a variety of musical styles,” Smith said. “The performances are on a professional scale, and the venue is fantastic.”

            Some of the performances, such as Kembang Sunda, are timed so that students in Cuyamaca College music courses can hear live presentations of what they’re learning in class. For example, a world music class is now focusing on Indonesian music, which is why Kembang Sunda is opening the Fall Concert Series on Sept. 17.

            Other concerts include:


·         Cuyamaca Concert Choir on Oct. 9

·         Middle Eastern music from Angham Al-Sharq on Oct. 13

·         A faculty recital (with a focus on music by Franz Schubert) on Oct. 22

·         Yuko Maruyama Jazz Trio on Nov. 5

·         Cuyamaca College Rock, Pop & Soul Ensemble on Nov. 20

·         Cuyamaca College Choir on Nov. 24

·         Winter Wonder Jam on Dec. 4.


Cuyamaca College is at 900 Rancho San Diego Road in Rancho San Diego. General admission tickets are $8. Admission for students and seniors is $5. Further information is available by visiting, or by calling (619) 660-4288.